Songwriting

With Great Power, Power, Comes Great Responsibility, Responsibility

Repetition is essential to human existence.  Our brains literally crave repetition in order to understand the world around us. We use repetition when we learn to talk, to write, even to walk, and certainly when we learn to sing or play a musical instrument.  We use repetition to adopt a habit and to break a… Continue reading With Great Power, Power, Comes Great Responsibility, Responsibility

Production, Songwriting

Pass The Popcorn, Please

Sometimes, in the music business, we find ourselves wondering whether we're creating something that has a market, or feeling pressure to create something that doesn't feel authentic, for the sake of a bigger market, or just feeling the dreaded "imposter syndrome" because we observe another artist enjoying a level of success that we feel is… Continue reading Pass The Popcorn, Please

Performance

Calling All Harmony Singers

On stage and in the studio, everybody has a job to do, and you can be your best when you consider how your part supports the bigger picture.  In musical arrangement, the contribution of each performer will satisfy one or more of the following: establishing or supporting the groove/rhythm establishing or supporting a counter-rhythm establishing… Continue reading Calling All Harmony Singers

Songwriting

There’s Gotta Be a Song In That…

Sometimes, there's a danger inherent with allowing the people around you to know that you are a songwriter.  People who do not write songs are usually quite helpless to understand the mysterious process that allows us to create music from nothingness.  And that helplessness usually leads to some very entertaining suggestions. We Are Social Creatures… Continue reading There’s Gotta Be a Song In That…